Following the closure of RAF Lyneham as an active station, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) looked to redevelop the site as a world-class training establishment for the Defence Technical Training Change Programme’s Army’s Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). The site would see the development of a new Defence Technical Training centre, requiring the construction of new infrastructure and the refurbishment of existing facilities.
Working in 50:50 joint venture, a Kier and Balfour Beatty consortium under the name of Hercules was awarded a contract to transform the facility. Works involved the construction and refurbishments of over eighty buildings, with approximately 60,000sq m of new build and 65,000sq m of refurbished buildings.
The project’s scope included the build and refurbishment of a wealth of facilities, including accommodation for trainees, classrooms, training suites and outdoor apparatus. Further works included the refurbishing of offices, including the sergeants and officers’ mess, the construction of a medical and dental centre, gymnasium and outdoor sports facilities. Finally, the old RAF officer’s mess was refurbished to house the REME Museum to preserve the heritage of the Corps.
Sustainability was a key theme of the project with a range of innovative construction methods being utilised. Parts of the old RAF station were reused alongside new infrastructure, with the runway area being used for outdoor vehicle recovery training.
The project was completed in 93 weeks, involving a supply chain of over 40 local companies and employing over 1,400 people at its peak. During the project the Hercules team worked with the forces’ Career Transition Partnership, which assists military personnel to secure permanent work on completion of their service.
Alongside the training centre, the new REME Museum opened in 2017, preserving the history and heritage of the Corps for the public alongside serving military to enjoy.
" MoD Lyneham will be a fantastic place to train our military personnel. The new facilities will enable the REME to come together in one location. We’re all proud of the contribution we’re making to the Armed Forces – DIO’s purpose is to support the armed forces by providing what they need to live, work and train and this project ticks all three boxes in one development. "
The refurbishment of a Fixed Wing office building and provision of new simulators, training, and operations facilities. The Rotary Wing project required the design and construction of a new two-storey office block and refurbishment of an existing aircraft hangar.